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Old 05-12-2015, 08:14 AM
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After my hubby passed away, a friend sent a card and it was very comforting and encouraging. One thing she mentioned was that now I would be reinventing myself in order to move on without him.

At first, I must admit, I found that rather strange! But, over these last 6 months or so I have come to realize that is exactly what I have been doing in order to move on. Funny but I never thought of it in those terms. The phrase itself still makes me chuckle even though it describes the process right on.

Has anyone else had that experience and know what I mean?

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Old 05-12-2015, 08:52 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss.

Yes, I understand having to reinvent yourself. Being widowed creates a new normal for you. It is a journey and a process.

Be kind to yourself. Sending wishes for peace.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:06 AM
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I am so sorry your loss. You sound like you are in a good place. I do believe one of the keys to happiness and contentment after a loss is to reinvent ourselves. Hugs to you.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:18 AM
Location: Bay Area, California
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I completely understand and wish you all the best.

Tho I am not a widow, I divorced when my children were young, and my whole life has been family and career. It has been a fast paced life focused almost entirely outward. Working overtime to pay for college, and meeting goals.

A few weeks ago the last of the kiddos moved out and I am in the process of clearing out and selling the family home of 35 years. I have bought my dream house on a lake, peaceful and serene. I am also in the process of retiring. It is all scary and exciting.. a whole new life! I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to re-invent myself, my phrase is "trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up."

Fears of loneliness are ever-present but I am learning more about myself and struggling to be patient with the emerging person who is somewhat lost not having the demands of job and family direct her days.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:27 AM
Location: in the miseries
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it must be very difficult to become another person.

However you will probably just become a new version of yourself.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:13 AM
Location: delaware
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my husband died 13 years ago, and, from my experience,i would say reinvention is usually necessary. and yes, it can be a hard road. if you have been in a long term marriage, for most, your identity is caught up with the other person, and finding out who you are, without the other person tucking in corners, and without your doing that for him, it is sometimes scary and sometimes exciting, finding out who you are on our own.

for myself, i find i am much more assertive, willing to take more risks (calculated ), and probably more frank with people about who i really am. some of what i have become , i like, and wish i had been that way much earlier, but i am not quite the same person i was when i was part of a long term couple. there is no going back as the road you were on no longer exists, and part of being a widow is finding a new road on which you will feel comfortable. it is a process, and a changing one. even after these years of being a widow, i'm still finding out what works for me and what no longer does. some of the choices i've made in the last 13 years still surprise me, and i sometimes wonder if the person i used to be would have made the same choices.

good luck!

catsy girl
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:30 PM
Location: City of the Angels
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Reinventing yourself is a great coping phrase just as opening a new chapter in your life's book is.
It helps you to become an extroverted personality when you are feeling introverted which can lead to the negative emotions of loneliness and depression.
The secret is to stay busy and do things that keep the body oxygenated and the mind stimulated.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:53 PM
Location: R.I.
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I was widowed suddenly in 2001 when I was 44. Initially I felt so much like a fish out of water as two weeks before my husband passed I had started a new job. Fortunately all my new coworkers and boss were so supportive, and looking back that new job was not only a financial blessing, but the starting point of my unfolding new life.

Grief is a one day at a time journey and the end of that journey comes about very subtly. The day I knew I had arrived at the end of my grief journey was when I looked at my wedding album and smiled instead of cried.

Take care and very sorry for your loss.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:36 PM
Location: Near a river
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Because there have been so many changes and some tragedies in my life, I've had to reinvent myself in a sense with each one. As Stanley Kunitz ends one of his (and my favorite) poems, "I am not done with my changes." I sort of live by this. The Layers by Stanley Kunitz : The Poetry Foundation
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:21 AM
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Not a widow but looking to reinvent myself

2019 - I'm really trying to be healthy and during this process (working out with a trainer and also walking 4 miles a day), the trainer mentioned something to me.

This is going to sound really stupid but I have never used my given name. I hate it; still hate it but my parents gave me a nickname which went OK with my maiden name but kind of sounds flat with my married name.

The other night, he wanted to know what my name was from. He did not know it was a nickname.
So, I told this to the trainer.

He said, well, why don't you go by ___ and it would sound good with your last name? Well, it does and then I had this dream.

I dreamed I had moved away to a 55 plus, took this name, was thinner, was doing all the things I missed out on in life, having friends, all the social stuff and then I woke up.

Do people actually do this?
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